BATON ROUGE, La. (CBS Houston/AP) — Louisiana’s 5th District congressional race has a new candidate with a “Duck Dynasty” connection.
Zach Dasher, a Republican whose uncle is the TV family patriarch Phil Robertson, announced Monday that he’s running for the seat in the Nov. 4 election.
“I want to help restore America to what she once was — a nation that builds freedom and prosperity on the anchor of God,” Dasher said according to the Shreveport Times.
Dasher, from Calhoun, works in the pharmaceutical industry. He’s never run for office, but says in his announcement that it’s time for “ordinary citizens to get off of the sidelines.”
“It is time for ordinary citizens to get off of the sidelines and get involved in the political system,” Dasher stated. “For too long, we’ve set idly by while Washington politicians slowly gain control over every aspect of our lives. I am seeking to represent the people of the 5th District in Congress so that I can effectively fight the big government intellectual elitists in Washington.”
“We’ve vetted (Zach) for 36 years,” Al Robertson, the oldest son of Phil and Kay, told the Shreveport Times.
The district’s current congressman, Republican Vance McAllister, won the seat last year with support of the “Duck Dynasty” family. But after his election, security footage emerged that showed McAllister kissing a married woman who worked in his office.
McAllister announced he wouldn’t seek re-election, but he’s been less definitive recently, saying he’ll make a decision by the August sign-up period.
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